Banana River Kayak fishing Winter.

Hi, I'm new to the forum but not the Florida Sportsman which I have subscriber to for years, I am coming over to Florida at Christmas for two weeks,got a boat sorted for the first week,second week I am staying on the Banana river Just North of Patrick an about two miles south of the 1000 islands. I am looking for some advice on the fishing there at that time of year. I will have the use of a few Yaks so hoping to put them to best use and any information would be most helpful,and get you a few beers if you are around that time of year.

Cheers'
   Bill.

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  • Docked WagesDocked Wages Posts: 2,814 Admin
    Hi Bill,

    The Ten Thousand islands is a great area to Kayak and Top water artificials work well in the morning for snook and trout and soft artificial on the bottom for reds and misc work through out the day.   Be sure to monitor the East Region fishing reports for additional local updates.  If the ocean is calm, the beach is also very popular for kayak fishing in that area as there are some nice rock formations close to shore.
    Mark Wilson
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  • Belfast BillBelfast Bill Posts: 30 Greenhorn
    I think we are looking at different places

  • bbailey_33bbailey_33 Posts: 88 Greenhorn
    I think we are looking at different places

    you are correct unless he meant 1000 islands near 5th st... a once very productive spot, not so much anymore
    Banana has been in decline for a few years.... reality of the situation is quite depressing.
  • Belfast BillBelfast Bill Posts: 30 Greenhorn
    Any other suggestions for that area would be most welcome.

    Thanks'
                Bill.
  • Belfast BillBelfast Bill Posts: 30 Greenhorn
    Anyone with some advice please.
  • bostonsox2904bostonsox2904 Posts: 104 Deckhand
    What kind of advice are you looking for? Try starting with a zara spook in the morning and then a 1/8oz jig with DOA paddle tail. Trout, reds, snook, black drum all possible, maybe even a tarpon. I've only heard bad things about the water quality there, but if youre there for xmas, just get out there and fish it anyway
  • Belfast BillBelfast Bill Posts: 30 Greenhorn
    Hi and thanks' We arrive there on the 29th for a week, just wondering any worthwhile spots to take the kids with the Kayaks, we are on the water at crescent beach area, so if the river is bad we can cross the street and fish the surf, so just looking advice on what running,best baits etc, and if the river is worth fishing where we are staying.
    Looking forward to getting there. 

    Cheers
     Bill.
  • GarysmoGarysmo Ft. Pierce, FloridaPosts: 494 Deckhand
    What kind of advice are you looking for? Try starting with a zara spook in the morning and then a 1/8oz jig with DOA paddle tail. Trout, reds, snook, black drum all possible, maybe even a tarpon. I've only heard bad things about the water quality there, but if youre there for xmas, just get out there and fish it anyway
    x2.....I use the DOA paddle on 1/8oz jig heads all the time from my kayak.  It works good for snook, reds and trout.  I like the red colored jog heads.
  • Belfast BillBelfast Bill Posts: 30 Greenhorn
    Thanks, anything running along the beaches at that time? I owe you a Beer.
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